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Known to be one of the most acclaimed and loved bands in India and across the world, Layatharanga’s rich melodies are classically rooted, complex in rhythmic structures, world music arrangement, delightful improvisations, jugalbandhis (a creative dialogue between musicians), their infectious chemistry, the amazing syncopation the band members have amongst themselves, and the very vibe that the band creates together makes their music very inclusive and refreshing!

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Known to be one of the most acclaimed and loved bands in India and across the world, Layatharanga’s rich melodies are classically rooted, complex in rhythmic structures, world music arrangement, delightful improvisations, jugalbandhis (a creative dialogue between musicians), their infectious chemistry, the amazing syncopation the band members have amongst themselves, and the very vibe that the band creates together makes their music very inclusive and refreshing!

Layatharanga is one of the most prominent contemporary classical ensembles. The group glides through various forms of World music with ease, blending different styles effortlessly. Every member being a master in their own right, their elaborate repertoire of classical music and expertise brings a distinct flavour to the sound of Layatharanga which makes them so unique.

In 1997, schoolmates and friends Giridhar Udupa and Arun Kumar, later joined by Pramath Kiran and Vishnu Swarup started an all percussive band officially as ‘Layatharanga’ and played various concerts across Karnataka. In 1998, flautist RavichandraKulur joined the team, followed by Jayachadra Rao.To their credit, Layatharanga has already had 5 international album releases – Punarnava, Pranava ,Thandava, Smriti, and Anandam which have fared as chart toppers under World music category.

Owing to the strength and versatility of their music, members of Layatharanga have collaborated with some of the biggest names in the industry like Pt. Ravi Shankar, Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna, Dr. L.Subramaniam, Pt. Jasraj, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Mandolin Srinivas, S P Balasubrahmaniam, Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, KJ Yesudas, Ilayaraja, Shankar Mahadevan, Hariharan, A R Rahman, Louis Banks, Jethro Tull, Larry Coryell, Hubert Laws to name a few. The band members have also toured more than 50 countries and andLayatharangahas performed in numerous international music festivals including Rainforest World Music Festival, Malaysia, and Krakow International Percussion Festival.

Team

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Ravichandra Kulur

RAVICHANDRA KULUR is an internationally acclaimed flautist, who was hailed as “ flute maestro” by the sitar legend Pandit Ravi Shankar.

Ravi has performed around the world in most popular venues & music festivals for his Solo, duets and numerous collaborations ranging from Indian Classical, fusion Jazz, Celtic, western classical & huge Rock bands like Jethro Tull.

His powerful breath control, clarity of individuals notes and high-paced fingering techniques compliments beautifully with melodic phrases to touch the heart of any listener.

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Ghatam Giridhar Udupa

Synonymous with the ghatam, world-renowned percussionist GiridharUdupa is one the most loved names in the field of music. With three decades of musical journey enriched by collaborations with eminent artists across the world, concert visits to more than fifty countries and numerous accolades and awards, Udupa today stands as a true global icon, an ambassador of world music, and a pioneering exponent of Carnatic classical music.He is the founder and director of The Udupa Foundation, a registered charitable trust founded in 2015, with the aim of promoting music, performing arts and culture.He is the Brand Ambassador for AKG Microphones

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Jayachandra Rao

K U Jayachandra Rao, one of the stalwarts in the world of Indian rhythm today, is an accomplished Mridangamvidwan. Being known for his rich, melodious sound as well as his versatility and creative artistry, he is one of the most sought after accompanist who belongs to the relatively rare list of left hand players. He has been a part of numerous International Music Festivals with renowned musicians and has toured more than 20 countries. Jayachandra draws on his vast knowledge and depth of experience to train many students around the world in the art of the Mridangam over the last twenty five years.

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Arun Kumar

Arun over the years, has carved a niche for himself in the world of percussion as one of the few drummers who does inter-disciplinary music. For the past 30 years Arun has been sharing stage with top Indian and International musicians across the globe. Arun has been Awarded the Endorsment by the world renowned Cymbal Company ” ZILDJIAN” & World Renowned sticks “Vic Firth”.

Pramath Kiran

Pramath Kiran is a multifaceted percussionist who has mastered classical instruments like Tabla & Morching blending effortlessly with other world percussions like Djembe, Congas and Cajon in their respective traditional styles.

Pramath is a globe trotter for different musical projects & has won many awards for his contribution in the field of Percussions .Laya Digi Works, which is one of the biggest facilities in Bangalore for recording & other Music production works is his brain child.

Guest Artists

Shadrach Solomon

Shadrach Solomon

vishnu-swaroop

Dr. Vishnu Swaroop

Albums

aanandam

Anandam – 2010

smriti

Smriti – 2009

pranava

Pranava – 2003

thandava

Thandava – 2000

punarnava

Punarnava – 1999